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Air Heaven, How I Got Here as a radio special this Easter, and see listeners come to Christ! This gripping broadcast, available as a 2 part x 54 minute OR a 5 x 25 minute release presents the gospel with startling clarity. It is an outstanding special program, perfect for airing during unsold inventory. Contact us to learn more.

Radio Inquiries:

Robb Hansen, (847) 530-1055

Who's Who?

Colin S. Smith (Author) is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church and teacher of the daily radio program, Open the Bible. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Colin was raised in a Christian family and felt the call of God to pastoral ministry from an early age. He trained at London School of Theology where he received a B.A. in Theology and later a Master of Philosophy. Colin was Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years, transitioning to serve at The Orchard in 1996. Colin met his wife Karen while studying at London Bible College. The Smiths now live in the Chicago area and have two grown children and four granddaughters.

Stephen Baldwin (Actor) landed his breakthrough role in “The Usual Suspects” in 1995. Baldwin’s next role was in “Bio-Dome” (1996). In 2000, he played a buff Barney Rubble in “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” From January–March 2008, Baldwin appeared on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice, Season 7” on NBC. He was a contestant on the 2009 NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!” On the second episode, Baldwin baptized “The Hills” actor Spencer Pratt. In September 2006, Baldwin released his book entitled The Unusual Suspect, which details highlights from his personal life, career, days of drug abuse, and ultimately, his turn to becoming a born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks. From 2008 to present, Baldwin has teamed up with conservative talk-radio host Kevin McCullough in a Saturday radio show called “Baldwin/McCullough Radio” through X3Media

Social Media Resources

Help us to spread the word about Heaven, How I Got Here by sharing the news on social media. Use the tweets provided below, or write your own! Please include the link to

  • What if you woke up one morning knowing it was your last day on earth?
  • Heaven, How I Got Here – A compelling story by @PastorColinS.
  • Ever wondered how to get to heaven? Read this book by @PastorColinS.
  • “Heaven does not depend on what you do for Christ but on what He has done for you.”
  • “No one gets into heaven automatically. It’s Jesus who gets you here.”
  • “Jesus Christ can rescue you from the brink of hell and bring you into all the joys of heaven.”
The Play

Heaven, How I Got Here (the play) is an adaptation of the book aimed at providing the local church with a unique evangelistic event to reach their communities. The initial run of the play at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in 2015 featured Stephen Baldwin and was adapted and directed by Timothy Gregory, Founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s Provision Theater Company. Nearly 5,000 people were impacted by the play then, and many thousands more will experience it as it runs in successive years at The Orchard.


Heaven, How I Got Here (the book) is available in the following languages:

What People Are Saying

“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.” —Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor of Parkside Church

“How I wish that every skeptic and every believer would read this book – it takes us back to the cross, retelling the story of the thief who by experience learned that the gift of salvation comes by faith alone by grace alone through Christ alone.” —Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor of Moody Church

“I’ve never read anything like this compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.” —Collin Hansen, Editorial Director of The Gospel Coalition and Author of Blind Spots

“…brilliant idea beautifully executed…combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.” —Justin Taylor, Managing Editor of the ESV Study Bible

“…fuses together profound theology, historical veracity and gospel integrity with a vivid and dramatic writing style which is compelling on every page.  This book is genre defying.” —David Meredith, Minister of Smithtan Free Church of Scotland

Request to Air Program

If your radio station would like to air the Heaven, So Near – So Far two-hour special, please complete the form below. We will contact you with further details.

Questions regarding the broadcast may be directed to: 

Robb Hansen, (847) 530-1055

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